Here, supervised by the lady of the house, the cook provided for the family’s sustenance. The household also included two maids and a male servant. There was a servants’ room for them on the ground floor next to the stairway (today’s staff room).

A Latin-language household account book kept by Goethe’s father has come down to us, in which the household expenditures were itemized for many years. From the book we can deduce what was eaten and drunk, what provisions were stored in the cellar, and much more – for example, that household included cats. The pantry adjacent to the kitchen was accessible from the hallway, the laundry room from the courtyard with fountain (these two rooms are not part of the tour).